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New Books

The Library prepares a monthly list of Recent Acquisitions (new books). Recent acquisitions are on display in the Main Reading room on the shelves near the entrance of the Main Reading room (located off the Mabie Law Library Lobby).  Alumni may request to borrow new books at the Circulation desk.

Faculty Publications

The Library maintains an archive of Law faculty publications and exhibits selected faculty publications in the corridor south of the Mabie Library Lobby. Each faculty member is asked to select a representative sample of his/her publications to include in the exhibit.

Databases, Books & Other Materials

Finding Books:
Visit the Library's Find Books page for details on searching for books
 found at Mabie Law Library, other UC Campus Libraries and beyond.

Borrowing Books & Interlibrary Loan:
Procedures for borrowing, returning and renewing of books and other materials are found at the Circulation Services web page.


UC Davis Law alums, who either practice law in Davis or reside in Davis,  can apply to receive a keycard for after-hours access to the Mabie Law Library in King Hall.  Applicants must apply in person, show identification, and complete a form with contact information. After-hours access may be denied or withdrawn at any time. Keycards will be valid for the current fiscal year only, and applicants must re-apply in person each year.

For security reasons, keycard holders may not loan the keycard to others or allow others access to the building after hours. The Reserve section is not available after hours.  

Lost and Found

Found items are held at the Circulation Desk for a reasonable time. Items are then turned over to the Law Student Association or, if valuable, to the campus police.

Desktop Support & Computer Services

Computers in the Library on Level 3 may be used by anyone for legal research, but are not available for email or wordprocessing. Online printing is available for 10 cents a page, with copycard. Food and drink are not permitted near any computers. The Computer Lab is for UC Davis Law students only.

Borrowing Books & Circulation Policies

Mabie Library Books

California photo identification is required with current local address and phone number to check out library books. Circulating books may be signed out for two weeks. No more than five items may be charged out at any one time. Reserve books, located behind the Reserve desk and including hornbooks, CEB, Restatements, reference books, and other popular sets, may be signed out for 4 hours for use in the building. Some books are marked "NON-CIRCULATING" (basic reference sources and popular sets) to assure their availability at all times. Please do not remove non-circulating books from the Library stacks. All books are subject to recall.

Books may be renewed if no holds are pending. Renewals may be made at the Circulation/Reserve desk or by phone (752-3327).

Book Returns

Mabie Library books and interlibrary loan books borrowed from libraries other than Shields Library must be returned to the Mabie Library Circulation/Reserve desk or after hours dropped in the book slot at the Circulation/Reserve desk. All Shields books must be returned to the Shields Library directly.

Books not returned after two recall or overdue notices will be billed at the cost of the book plus a $35.00 processing fee per book (reduced to $15.00 for books returned within one week of the receipt of the bill). Charges for damaged books will be assessed on an individual basis.


A photocopy machine is located in the Stacks area on Level 3.  The machine accepts only cards.  Copies are $0.10 per impression.  Cards may be purchased at the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library Library  which is located across the parking lot from King Hall --the card dispenser is located on the entry level floor of the library, next to the Circulation/Reference Desk.

You may add value to a card by:
1.  Inserting $1, $5, $10 or $20 in the copy card dispenser at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library
2.  Going online to create an account at:
*This is not a real time system so your account will be updated within 4 business hours (M-F, 8-5) of your order.

Assistance with Research & Library Collections

Reference Librarians are available to assist alumni in locating books and providing research tips, during open hours -- in person, via email or by telephone at 752-0210.

Study Space: Carrels & Main Reading Room

Most carrels in the Library are assigned to Law students. Unoccupied carrels may be used by anyone until the assignee returns. The open seating at carrels is marked X on the floor plans .  Use of electrical appliances, other than PC's and lights, are not allowed. Items of value should not be left unattended. 

Seating is reserved for UC Davis law students during exam periods. 

Contact: 752-3327 or Circulation/Reserve desk.


The Mabie Law Library is available for law study or research during standard and recess hours. A collection of practitioner-oriented treatises, including CEB, Rutter Group and Witkin titles, are located in the Library's Reserve Area and circulate only for 4 hours.  All other books are shelved in open stacks with the exception of Rare Books and Archives.  For after-hours access, see section above on keycards.


Upon request, librarians will conduct a library tour.